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Bread Sticks

July 11, 2019 (Last Updated: March 29, 2020)

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Homemade Bread Sticks / Breadsticks with Butter and Garlic. These soft breadsticks are perfect as a side dish for dinner served with pasta, soup or salad. 

Bread sticks on a white plate with one bread stick torn in half.

My family loves these soft buttery breadsticks. When the kids were younger, they would help roll out the dough. Now that they are older, they love to sneak a breadstick before dinnertime. 

A bowlful of freshly made bread sticks.

These breadsticks are really hard to resist.  The fresh from the oven smell, the buttery sheen, and the smell of garlic.  All that pure deliciousness is just too much!  If only I could limit myself to just one.

How do I make breadsticks?

  • Place water, yeast and sugar in a bowl and let rest for 10 minutes
  • Add oil, salt and one cup of flour
  • Continue add flour until dough is formed
  • Knead for 10 minutes
  • Cover and allow dough to rise until doubled
  • Form into bread sticks and allow to rise again
  • Brush with butter and garlic slat and bake

How do I shape breadsticks?

  • Divide dough into equal sized balls Round balls of bread dough sitting on a counter.
  • Using the palm of your hand, roll breadsticks into a log shape.

Rolling out bread dough with hands.

  • Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. A baking sheet full of unbaked breadsticks.
  • Cover breadsticks and let rise. 
  • Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic salt. An orange pastry brush spreading butter on raw bread dough.
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven

How long do I bake?

These bread sticks are baked for 20 minutes.

Can I freeze breadsticks?

Yes, they can be frozen. Allow bread to fully cool and place in a freezer safe bag. Frozen breadsticks should be used within one month to maintain freshness. 

A plateful of bread topped with Parmesan cheese.

Can I add different toppings?

Yes, these bread sticks would be delicious with several different toppings.  Some options include:

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Olive oil instead of butter
  • Mixed Italian herbs

Shredded Parmesan cheese sprinkled on breadsticks.

What goes well with breadsticks?


Bread stick being dipped into marinara sauce.

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Bread sticks on a white plate with one bread stick torn in half.

Bread Sticks

Bread sticks covered with garlic and butter.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Rising Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 40 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 16 Sticks
Calories 250 kcal


  • 1 1/2 Cups Warm Water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 - 4 Cups All Purpose Flour


  • 2 Tablespoons Butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt


  • Measure water into mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast over water.
  • Sprinkle sugar over yeast. Wait 10 minutes for mixture to become bubbly.
  • Add Olive Oil, Salt, and one Cup of Flour. Mix until incorporated
  • Continue adding flour 1 Cup at a time. You might not add all the flour. With the last cup begin adding 1/4 cup at a time.
  • Knead for 10 minutes
  • Move dough to a large bowl that has been lightly covered with olive oil. Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Let rise until doubled
  • Punch down down gently.
  • Divide dough into halves and then into fourths.
  • Starting with one fourth, divide into 4 equal balls.
  • Roll each ball into a 8 -10" bread stick.
  • Gently move each bread stick to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place about 1/2 inch apart. Cover loosely with a clean cloth and let rise for about 30 minutes.
  • Just before baking, brush melted butter across tops and sprinkle with garlic salt.
  • Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.


Dried herbs and parmesan cheese can also be sprinkled across the top just before baking.


Serving: 1stickCalories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 7gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 233mgPotassium: 79mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 45IUCalcium: 9mgIron: 2.8mg
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Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This post was originally in February 2015. The pictures and recipe have been updated.   


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  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    July 12, 2019 at 5:36 am

    5 stars
    There’s something so rewarding about homemade bread of any sort from the process to the smell to the taste! These look perfect, Kathy! I’d have a hard time not making a meal out of just these! Pinned ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Friday!

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    July 11, 2019 at 5:52 am

    I’ve got to bake a batch of these for my son Sean. He’s a huge Olive Garden breadsticks fan and these look just like them Kathy!

    • Reply
      July 11, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      They are pretty similar, although they have a bit more of a bite in the crust. They are just as delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    February 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Nothing like a fresh home made bread stick to go with a pasta meal. Yours look like they turned out really well!

    • Reply
      February 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Thanks. They are perfect for scooping up extra pasta sauce!

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    Senika @ Foodie Blog Stalker
    February 20, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    There’s not too many things better than homemade garlicky breadsticks! I LOVE that these are freezer friendly, such a great bonus!

    • Reply
      February 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      The garlic adds so much yummy taste! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg
    February 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Breadsticks are one of those foods that I love to eat, but never make at home. These look really delicious. I would probably try coating mine in poppy seeds or garlic salt. Yum!

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      February 19, 2015 at 7:54 pm

      Poppy seeds are a great idea! Thanks!!!

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    Kimberly @ KimRidge Farm
    February 18, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    I usually bake buns instead of big loaves because we like crust. Buns give you more bread crust. I think bread sticks will give even more crust. I am making them this week. My husband will be pleasantly surprised.

    Garlic in bread sounds delicious.

    Thank you for the recipe.


    • Reply
      February 19, 2015 at 5:20 am

      Thanks Kimberly! I hope you and your husband enjoy them!

      • Reply
        Kimberly @ KimRidge Farm
        February 20, 2015 at 4:29 pm

        I made them today. And they are scrumptious.

        Thank you again for the recipe.


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          February 20, 2015 at 4:58 pm

          I am so glad you made these! They are scrumptious…I am making them again this weekend for my family. They didn’t last long!

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    February 18, 2015 at 8:11 am

    There is nothing better than bread fresh out of the oven, it makes the house smell good and you can’t stop eating it.

    • Reply
      February 18, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      It is my true weakness….well that and chocolate!

  • Reply
    February 17, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    5 stars
    I don’t know if I could resist eating the whole batch in one go! They look fabulous!

    • Reply
      February 17, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      I hear you! It’s great because they are small….but because they are small, I keep thinking I can eat more!

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    Savita @ ChefDeHome
    February 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I love fresh baked bread sticks with tomato soups! looks delicious!

    • Reply
      February 17, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Thanks. Soup is another excuse to eat these bread sticks!

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    K / Pure & Complex
    February 17, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I’m not a huge bread person, but I absolutely love garlic in my bread when I do eat it. Great recipe.

    • Reply
      February 17, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks. These are great because they aren’t too big… just the right amount of bread.

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